Potomac resident Manina Singh needs help turning her large living room into a cozy space for her husband and two children that can also accommodate large family gatherings. Singh needs seating for up to 12 people, extra storage and a way to minimize sun damage and glare from the large windows.
Designer Kayla Weiner selects multifunctional pieces, such as ottomans, to provide the flexibility the Singhs need, and family-friendly fabric and earthy tones to pair with the rest of the home.
Maximize seating in a small space by using furniture, such as a new sofa, that has smaller arms.
A console table can display collectibles or be used as a desk.
Square ottomans can be used for extra storage and seating.
Solar shades provide protection from the sun and help minimize glare on the television.
For a family with young children, microsuede fabric is a smart, easy-to-clean choice for the sofa, loveseat and ottomans.
Paint a n accent wall to highlight the fireplace and make it a focal point. Try Benjamin Moore’s Palace Green.
Kayla Weiner, of Design Exchange (703-691-1200, www.designexchangeinc.com), is based in Fairfax.
Furniture: Henry sofa in Buck color and microsuede fabric ($849 for 76-inch sofa, www.westelm.com); Cinch storage cube ottoman ($61) and Overbrook end table ($182), both from www.wayfair.com; Twist bench (not shown, $170, www.zgallerie.com).
Accessories: Meridian fire screen ($300, www.zgallerie.com); solar shades in Spokane 5 percent off-white (prices vary by size, www.roomandboard.com); De Haro Olive ceramic table lamp ($381, www.lampsplus.com); Sanremo area rug in red ($349 for 5-by-7-foot rug), La Linea pillow ($34) and Quinn pillow ($29), all from www.homedecorators.com; amber ovoid lamp ($99, www.pier1.com); abstract canvas painting ($180 for set of three, www.kirklands.com); hand applique and embroidered pillow in Rust ($90, www.burkedecor.com); Sculpted Horn box ($129 for large, www.williams-sonoma.com); Loa Agate No. 1 bookends ($225.50, www.plantationdesign.com).
Leather pouf in Almond ($249, www.ballarddesigns.com).
Marin console table ($799, www.crate andbarrel.com).
Tufted velvet ottoman in green ($80, www.world market.com).
Sorrento console table ($457, www.wayfair.com).
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